Bombardier completed a CSeries aircraft demonstration flight carrying senior executives from about 20 Star Alliance member airlines and media representatives. The historic flight of the CSeries aircraft departed Dublin at the conclusion of the 2016 IATA AGM on June 3.
According to Bombardier, the CS100 carried 100 passengers and six Bombardier crew members. It was operated by Bombardier’s crew and featured the livery of launch customer Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS).
“With the passengers, their luggage and fuel on board, Bombardier confirmed to passengers that its calculations indicated the aircraft could have flown direct from Dublin to Montr?al. The one hour and 50 minutes ride from Dublin to Zurich consumed 20% less fuel than competing single-aisle aircraft currently flying that route,” Bombardier said in a statement.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Fred Cromer said, “Along with our friends at Star Alliance, we were able to offer their member airlines a unique and exclusive opportunity to fly aboard the CS100 aircraft from Dublin to Zurich. As we approach first delivery and entry-into-service with launch operator SWISS, showcasing the CS100 aircraft to Star Alliance members and media provided them with first-hand experience of the CSeries aircraft’s flight deck and cabin in operation. The quiet, steep takeoff and climb out to 37,000 ft. impressed us all and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and complimentary—all in anticipation of the aircraft entering commercial service this summer. Our business case for the CSeries aircraft is coming to fruition and we are confident that our strategic plan is on track,” Cromer added.